PM Dahal embarks on four-day state visit to IndiaA slew of agreements, memoranda of understanding and ceremonies are lined up following delegation-level talks between Dahal and his Indian counterpart on Thursday.
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal left for India on Wednesday afternoon on a four-day official visit at the invitation of his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
This is Dahal’s first foreign visit after assuming office in December last year and his fourth India visit as Nepal’s prime minister. The Prime Minister is accompanied by his daughter Ganga Dahal.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the prime minister’s entourage comprises Minister for Foreign Affairs Narayan Prakash Saud, Minister for Finance Prakash Sharan Mahat, Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Prakash Jwala, Minister for Industry Commerce and Supplies Ramesh Rijal, Chief Secretary, Secretaries, and senior government officials.
The prime minister is scheduled to attend a function organised by the Nepali Embassy in honour of his delegation today evening.
A slew of agreements, memoranda of understanding and ground-breaking ceremonies are lined up following delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Dahal and his Indian counterpart on June 1 in New Delhi.
According to the itinerary of the visit, Dahal will meet Modi at 11:00 am in Hyderabad House on Thursday and the meeting will be followed by delegation-level talks, a luncheon and joint press briefings.
Several Indian ministers and officials including External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, National Security Ajit Doval, and Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kawatra will call on the prime minister ahead of the delegation-level talks.
Likewise, another issue that is on the prime minister’s agenda is signing an amended and consolidated transit treaty. Nepal and India in the past have exchanged several notes through letters of exchange on the transit treaty, but they are yet to be consolidated.
A team led by foreign ministry joint secretary Ram Prasad Subedi had reached New Delhi to discuss and finalise some outstanding and contentious bilateral issues ahead of the prime minister’s visit.
Similarly, Prime Minister Dahal will address the Indian business community and meet the Indian President and Vice President during his stay in New Delhi. The prime minister is also scheduled to visit Ujjain and Indore, Madhya Pradesh after completing his engagements in New Delhi.
The two prime ministers will remotely inaugurate the railway yard in Biratnagar, the Jaynagar-Janakpur railway that has been expanded up to the Bijalpura, and the integrated check posts in Biratnagar and Nepalgunj.
After completing his engagements in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, the prime minister will return home on June 3.